One of the most prominent figures in Southwestern art, is Kokopelli, the hump-backed, or bent over flute player. His origins are rooted in the prehistoric culture of the region, but he appears as a deity of some form, from at least 200B.C. The Anasazi, or Ancient Ones, an agricultural-based society located in central Colorado, may have used the Kokopelli as a symbol of fertility in growing things, while other legends also state that he was sought out by childless women. Still other Pueblo tales report the mythical figure as carrying a sack of babies, blankets or songs on his back, to be given out to maidens that he encountered during his travels. And it’s thanks to the travel routes up and down the southwest area and into Mexico, that the figure of the flute player became part of a wider culture, appearing on petroglyphs, rock paintings, carvings, and pottery.
Along with wolves, cactus and lizards, Kokopelli forms part of a style of home decor that is indigenous to America, and to the southwest in particular. The native arts, far from disappearing with the “old way of life”, have flourished. Taos, New Mexico is a small town and pueblo that houses a community of some 6,000 people, 1,000 of which are artisans who produce tapestries, paintings, carvings, pottery and other finely crafted pieces of southwestern décor. Their artworks are sold through a vast network of tourist shops and online stores, making it easier to come by the unique pieces you need to complete you decorating scheme.
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